Seeking God in the Present Tense
Sir Godfrey Gregg
He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and commands. 2 Chronicles 14:4
Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone…” 2 Chronicles 14:11
Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul. 2 Chronicles 15:12
…Yet even with the severity of his disease, he (Asa) did not seek the Lord’s help but turned only to his physicians. 2 Chronicles 16:12
King Asa provides a good context to think about the subject of consecration and seeking God in the Present Tense. Early in his reign he commanded Judah to “seek the Lord” and to obey the Word of God (14:4). When confronted by an army much larger than his, Asa cried out to the Lord with his trust in God alone. God responded by defeating the enemy army. After this victory, Asa led the people to enter into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul.
However, 20 years later, when confronted by another enemy army, Asa put his trust in a human king instead of in the Lord his God (2 Chronicles 16:7-8). The spiritual decline continued to be evident. When Asa experienced a serious illness, he did not seek the Lord, instead, he put his trust only in his physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Asa’s life illustrates the truth that seeking God is a Present Tense matter.
When you look at the places where “seek” and “sought” are used in Scripture, two things emerge. Seeking involves listening to God through His word and inquiring of God through prayer. Seeking God is a lifetime experience always in the Present Tense and in need of frequent renewal.
How does your present commitment to seek God with all your heart and soul compare to your commitment in previous years/seasons? Is your season still open, or is it closed?
What are some of the benefits from seeking God? What do we forfeit when we are not seeking God with all our heart and soul?